Santiago, as thin as an aircraft wing, steady thanks to its reinforced frame, is the latest table of the new Zanotta catalogue.
The designer, the Austrian Frank Rettenbacher who lives and works in Amsterdam, reveals the secrets of an engineering project featuring a minimal and appealing design: “the idea of Santiago table is bringing the same lightness of the metal tops I designed for Zanotta in 2014 (small table Emil and console table Mina) into a product with bigger sizes. The challenge consisted above all in creating a solid wood table featuring the same linear and distinguishing silhouette of the light metal structures. This type of construction – inspired by the style of architect Santiago Calatrava, whom the table name comes from – provides the best steadiness although the wooden legs are as thin as possible”. One challenge overcome thanks to a careful study of the shapes and supports, made by Rettenbacher together with the technical department at Zanotta. “Yes, this project requested an intense and precise work. And I am happy to see that both me and the technical staff at Zanotta are real maniac of constructional details. In fact the table is made of a solid Canaletto walnut or oak with a slender profile and with thin wooden legs embraced by thin and detailed wires that illustrate the flow of forces. The expanded top surface conceals strengthening T-profiles that prevent warping and avoid using bulky cross-bars. Consequently the iron fittings is flattened and hidden under the top, but not only: legs are removable always thanks to a very few iron joints. A real engineering work.” From which a solid wood dining table was created, one of the most lightweight available in the market, with the sizes of 210×90 cm and 145×145 cm able to welcome up to 8 guests, while the size 100×240 cm can host up to 10. Concerning its aero-dynamical design, the designer explains that: “the rounded off corners and the section underneath the top emphasize the lightness and provide that comfort that naturally invites people to gather around it. The smoothed corners make particularly sense when there are children running around the home, an aspect often forgotten in furniture design.” The table can be personally tailor-made to create a mono-chromatic effect or a contrast between woods and shades: the top and legs are available in natural painted oak, or with an open-pore black or white finish, or in natural varnished Canaletto walnut. The solid wood frame matches the tie-rods in various finishes: black finish for the models in Canaletto walnut or black painted oak, white finish for the white painted oak model, and burgundy or black finish for the model in natural oak.